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1.1              Reasons for Update: This revised diplomatic policy replaces the diplomatic policy document which came into effect at Stardate 9911.01 (1st November, 1999). Since then, the diplomatic needs of the fleet have changed. It is not the purpose of this document to record recent intra-fleet political events, but it is these events which have dictated the need for a new diplomatic policy to us. The previous LFF Diplomatic Policy demanded aggressive and militant diplomacy, an all or nothing type affair. It is obvious that with the number of multiverses now active, as well as our recent internal strife, it will be difficult for the LFF to be dominant in EVERY multiverse in the near future. We therefore must not restrict ourselves to “shotgun diplomacy”. The LFF will use diplomacy as a means of building her own strength whilst lessening the strength of her enemies. This approach is a necessary one in the multiverses of today, where huge alliances of fleets scour the gaming zones in an attempt to destroy all those who stand alone.

Departmental Head, Department of Foreign Affairs – Commander LordMazza

1.2              Policy Statement:

1.2.1        It shall be the policy of the Liberated Federation Fleet to only sign alliances with fleets considered by the Command Council to be worthy allies.

1.2.2        The Liberated Federation Fleet sees diplomacy as a means to an end. The end is the military dominance of all multiverses by the LFF and her allies.

1.2.3        All fleets with whom we do not have established diplomatic relations or with whom we are not at war are considered to be “targets of opportunity”. Members are encouraged to focus on the enemies of the LFF, but are free to engage these targets.

1.2.4        It shall be the policy of the Liberated Federation of Planets to gather intelligence on all other fleet activity, be it by allied or enemy fleets. The duty of collecting intelligence shall fall upon Fleet Security and the Department of Foreign Affair. The Chief of Fleet Security shall oversee all intelligence gathering. This intelligence will be given to the Command Council, and to officers serving in both the Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of Fleet Security. It shall only be issued to other officers by authorization of the Command Council, and only that information absolutely necessary (as deemed by said Command Council) shall be issued. Intelligence shall only be shared with allied fleets if deemed absolutely necessary by the Command Council.

1.2.5        It shall be the policy of the Liberated Federation of Planets to aid our allies at all cost. Conflicts involving an allied fleet and an enemy fleet observed by any ship master of the Liberated Federation Fleet are to be immediately entered on the side of our allies. Liberated Federation Fleet vessels are to serve under allied officers of higher rank; the same shall be expected of allied officers (that is, it shall be expected that those vessels serve under our officers of higher rank). There is not a direct chain of command here, but the proper respect should be afforded to our allies.

1.2.6        It shall be the policy of the Liberated Federation of Planets to remain neutral in conflicts between allied fleets. It is the objective of the Diplomatic Corps that the Liberated Federation Fleet shall not ally with two fleets likely to go to war with one another, so these conflicts shall hopefully be few. However, there is to be no taking sides in these conflicts. If a ship master observes these conflicts, they are to report them to the Command Council or the Department of Foreign Affairs or Fleet Security, but they are not to intervene unless specifically ordered to do so by the Command Council (or a member of said staff).

1.2.7        It shall be the policy of the Liberated Federation of Planets to take no specific side in conflicts between two enemy fleets. In said conflicts, if ship masters desire to enter, they should not take sides in the conflict under any circumstances, nor should they lead a member of either side to believe that they have taken sides. All enemy vessels are to be treated as targets of opportunity. Any conflicts between two fleets (enemy or allied) are to be reported to the Chief of Fleet Security, who shall file the incident in our Intelligence Reports, and report the matter to the Command Council.

1.2.8        It shall be the policy of the Liberated Federation of Planets to set a bounty on those enemy fleets which have particularly aggravated our members, in particular, those who resort to dishonorable tactics, such as cheating through the alteration of software. Those members who can show a screen shot of the destruction of vessels of fleets upon which a bounty has been set shall be rewarded a Service Medal by the Command Council. Also, members who can capture a crippled enemy ship in tractor beams or board and capture them (if the game being played permits boarding), and can prove it, they are free to use that hull type as a prize ship captured from the enemy which now flies the Liberated Federation Fleet’s flag. Capturing a ship will also warrant the presentation of a service medal.


2.1              Alliance Proposal: Before proposing an alliance, a Diplomatic Corps officer must first gain authorization from the Command Council and the head of the Department of Foreign Affairs. All information about the fleet will be obtained from intelligence reports made by the Chief of Fleet Security. The template document follows:

The Liberated Federation Fleet hereby proposes an alliance with the fleet which you represent, the –(Fleet Name)--.

The conditions which the Liberated Federation Fleet proposes are:

If vessels from either the Liberated Federation Fleet or –(Fleet Name)— are involved in a conflict against a common enemy, then vessels from those fleets shall unite into one flotilla. This flotilla shall be commanded by the highest ranking officer from either fleet present. Officers from either fleet are to obey orders given to higher ranking officers from the other fleet. If all officers are of the same rank, or if there are two officers eligible, then those officers shall command by council or appoint a Commodore of the flotilla, whom shall be treated as the commanding officer by officers of both fleets.

All diplomatic decisions made by either fleet are to be discussed with the other fleet before entered into, in order to ensure that these decisions do not interfere with the objectives of either fleet. Such decisions include but are not limited to declarations of war, the signing of alliances, or the signing of neutrality pacts.

Outside of combat situations, higher ranking officers of either fleet are to be treated with the same respect by the other fleet as is given to them by their own fleet. However, higher ranking officers from one fleet may not issue orders to officers from another outside of combat.

Both fleets reserve the right to keep their own intelligence regarding other fleets secret if they so desire, but any intelligence considered to be essential to the well-being of the alliance should be shared. The Command Councils of both fleets reserve the right to determine what intelligence is to be shared and what intelligence is to be kept confidential. In the interests of good will between fleets, however, intelligence should be accessible to the Command Councils of both fleets.

2.1.1        Assigning Battle Groups: If the Command Council approves, an ally may have an LFF Battle Group assigned to their space. This does not place that Battle Group under the command of the allied fleet. However, that Battle Group is expected to give assistance in force when required by the allied fleet. It will attend all gaming events of the allied fleet to provide assistance (e.g. if the allied fleet meets every Saturday night on Heat, then the Battle Group would meet with the allied fleet on Heat every Saturday night). It is expected that the commanding officer of the Battle Group will meet with the appropriate battle co-ordinators/chiefs of operations of the allied fleet to plan joint actions and so on.

2.2              Bounties: If the Command Council thus deems it, an enemy fleet upon which we have placed a bounty (see paragraph 1.2.8) has the right to be informed that this is the case. The suggested format follows:

Attention Ship Masters of the –(Fleet Name)--!

The Liberated Federation Fleet, after suffering great insult at the hands of the officers of your fleet, and after observing the dishonorable manner in which your officers act, has placed a bounty on vessels from your fleet. Ship Masters of the Liberated Federation Fleet shall be rewarded for the destruction of your vessels, and should any of your vessels be crippled and captured by our boarding parties or in our tractor beams, then our Ship Masters shall take that vessel as a prize and shall be allowed to fly that ship as their own.

These vessels shall be returned and this bounty lifted upon such time as your fleet apologizes for actions which have insulted the Liberated Federation Fleet, including: (a list of actions which have insulted us follows)

3.0                    DUTIES OF OFFICERS

3.1              Duties of All Liberated Federation Fleet Officers: All Liberated Federation Fleet officers are required to report any and all other fleet activity they observe which they deem significant to a member of Fleet Security, or, should they be unavailable, a member of the Diplomatic Corps or Command Council.

3.2              The Department of Foreign Affairs: The current Departmental Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs is currently Commander LordMazza. The Departmental Head may be contacted by anybody desiring to make contact with any divisions of the Department of Foreign Affairs. It is the minister’s job to maintain the Department of Foreign Affairs’ web page, to inform the fleet of policy changes, new treaties, and some such. Important announcements will be made on the LFF message board, or on Fleet Mail if the announcements are particularly sensitive.

3.2.1        Diplomatic Corps: The Diplomatic Corps is a division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. It consists of one or more Ambassadors. Only treaties signed by ambassadors of the diplomatic corps are valid, and require prior authorization from the Command Council. This replaces the old structure with one fully-fledged ambassador and one or more junior ambassadors. The old system was silly as fleets may have been offended by the idea that junior ambassadors were sent to them instead of full ones. All ambassadors have equal standing in the Diplomatic Corps.  Ambassadors: Ambassador is the term used to describe an officer in the Diplomatic Corps. It is a title, just as a military rank is. An Ambassador is usually addressed as such when he/she is performing diplomatic duties, and is addressed by his/her military rank when performing other duties. It is an ambassador’s responsibility to sign all treaties/authorize the signing of all treaties, to maintain diplomatic contact with as many fleets as is possible, to answer any questions fleet members may have about anything diplomatic in gist, to assist fleet members who have encountered difficult diplomatic situations, and to answer any questions other fleets may have about the Liberated Federation Fleet. Ambassadors do not need to have a military rank, but may hold one at the same time as being an ambassador. The Diplomatic Corps currently consists of two ambassadors, Ambassador LordMazza (military rank of Commander), and Ambassador Catherine Kent (military rank of Lt Commander).

3.2.2        Diplomatic Officers: Diplomatic Officers are members of the Department of Foreign Affairs with no specified purpose. This does not mean that they are unimportant – far from it. They perform the many tasks essential to a successful fleet. Diplomatic Officers assist members of the Diplomatic Corps wherever possible. Their duties might range from intelligence gathering to monitoring the diplomatic situations of the various multiverses, to obtaining other information necessary for the proper functioning of the Diplomatic Corps, and so on.

3.3              The Department of Fleet Security: Fleet Security is NO LONGER a division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. It is the responsibility of Fleet Security to gather intelligence regarding other fleets and to handle internal security matters. It consists of one Chief of Fleet Security and any number of Security Officers. Fleet Security investigations should not be interfered with by any members. All members must assist the Chief of Fleet Security and “deputised” Security Officers in anyway possible in the process of an investigation. Because the Department of Fleet Security is no longer a division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, this policy document is not applicable to them. The following sections are maintained only as the Department of Foreign Affairs’ suggestions/expectations. The two departments are expected to closely co-operate.

3.3.1        Structure of Officers in the Department of Fleet Security  The Chief of Fleet Security: The Chief of Fleet Security is the commanding officer of Fleet Security. It is his/her personal responsibility to oversee the gathering of intelligence about all other fleets, to ensure the security of our own fleet, and to prevent any security “leaks” in our fleet. The Chief of Fleet Security provides an Intelligence Report to the Command Council and to the Department of Foreign Affairs as necessary. Only the Command Council and the Departmental Heads of the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Fleet Security are authorized to access all fleet intelligence.  Security Officers: Security Officers assist the Chief of Fleet Security in any way possible. They are only cleared for complete intelligence access with the Command Council’s permission. If the Chief of Fleet Security thus wishes, a Security Officer may be given all of the Chief of Fleet Security’s powers as pertains to a certain matter; for example, if a Chief of Fleet Security “deputised” a Security Officer to manage “Internal Security”, then that officer would have all the powers of the Chief of Security in regards to that matter.

POLICY CHANGES: This policy may only be changed with the authorization of the Command Council. Any proposed changes are to be put to the Department of Foreign Affairs.